Eamonn Brennan wrote an article that we linked here on KSR listing what he thought were the Top 10 men’s basketball coaching jobs in America. He placed Kentucky at #2 behind North Carolina, igniting an interesting debate about which coaching job holds the slight edge. Most can agree that the two are deserving of a spot near the top, if not squarely at the top. In ESPN’s latest “At the Watercooler” edition, Myron Medcalf took issue with North Carolina topping Kentucky on Eamonn’s list. Medcalf favors Kentucky as the top coaching job in the country. His argument? Kentucky is the premier job, and not just for, or because they found the right fit in Calipari. Calipari is great. Calipari and Kentucky together? Even greater. But Kentucky, regardless of who holds the reigns (exemption: Billy Gillispie), is still Kentucky.
“I can’t separate the past from the success Calipari has enjoyed. Yes, it’s close. But I pick Kentucky. The period that followed the 1998 national championship was a great one for the Wildcats. Meanwhile, North Carolina maintained its legacy with titles in 2005 and 2009. But the UK fans and school remained committed to the program. That’s what I think separates Kentucky–slightly. It’s not about Calipari. It’s about the entire program. Calipari is a gigantic personality but he’s not bigger than Kentucky basketball.”
Coming on the heels of an article also stating that Calipari will be one of the toughest coaches to replace, hearing an opinion that suggests that Kentucky basketball existed, exists and will still exist long after any particular coach– is refreshing.
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